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7 Years Old, 19 Trip Reports, Excellent Candy Tips
Kai Tatineni has been hiking since he was 4. We love his enthusiastic trip reporters and excellent treat suggestions so much that we met him for a hike | By Dawn Hammer
I'm Not Alone
As a black, outdoorsy woman in a majority white area, I felt alone. But it turns out I’m not — there are black women, and black mothers, exploring the outdoors and finding joy on trails. Here’s how I’m using Instagram to build community — and increase representation for women of color. By Chelsea Murphy.
Where the Wild Things Are
How scientists are using motion-activated cameras and other methods to learn more about elusive wildlife | By Keiko Betcher
A Week at Mount Rainier Helped Build Community for Latina Teens
Each of the youth who joined the trip was unique and different, but they had one thing in common. None of them knew another Latina their age whom they could invite camping. By the end of the trip, they each knew seven other girls who shared both a part of their identity and their experience with the outdoors | By Sully Moreno
The Trees are Talking
How plants communicate and cooperate to survive environmental threats | By Keiko Betcher
How Far Is It? The Truth Behind Trail Measurements
Measuring distances on trails is tricky business. Here’s how it works — and why sometimes numbers from different sources don’t match up | By Donna McBain Evans
A Drop in the Bucket
At the very moment when public lands need passionate hikers as advocates, more people are falling in love with Washington’s backcountry trails. But decades of budget cuts have wreaked havoc on backcountry infrastructure, creating problems with no easy solution. Managing poop, it turns out, is one of those problems | By Loren Drummond
Date with the Duckabush
To hike the entire length of the Duckabush is to experience the scope of what our Trails Rebooted and Lost Trails Found campaigns are working to achieve — a trail system that connects all different kinds of hiking experiences. Which is why WTA has led volunteer trail crews there for nearly a decade | By Anna Roth and Rachel Wendling
Like Backpacking? Like Biking? Try Bikepacking.
Bikepacking is a lot like backpacking. Only — you guessed it — you ride your bike. And it's a fun way to go car-free or explore closed Forest Service roads or other bike-friendly routes | By Ben Popper.
The UP North Loop: Connecting the Pacific Northwest
A new long distance trail for the adventurous | By Andrea Laughery
Miles for Memories: Hiking to Honor a Loved One
Among the trees, rivers and wild creatures, we recalibrate and remember our place in the natural circle of life | by Cassandra Overby
We're reimagining Washington's trail system — starting with the most beloved hiking spots across the state | by Allie Tripp